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Details of Eureka's next two Masters of
Cinema Series discs have been formally announced. Both titles are due
on August the 21st.
first is René Laloux’s influential 1973 animated science-fiction classic
Fantastic Planet (a.k.a. La Planète sauvage).
The film is presented in anamorphic 1.66:1
format, with a choice of original French or English dubbed soundtracks (in
Dolby Digital 2.0 format, at 224kbps), and optional ("new and improved")
English subtitles. The disc is in Region 0 NTSC format.
Bonus features include two Laloux short
films, 1965's Les Escargots and 1987's Comment Wang-Fo fut sauvé.
The set will also come with a twenty-eight page booklet, with a new essay.
The disc also offers a presentation of the film's avant-garde score, by
Alain Goraguer (which is much sampled by the hip-hop community,
apparently). Note that this isn't mentioned in the press release.
second August release is the provocative 1969 Japanese film
Funeral Parade of Roses (Bara no soretsu), which was
directed by Toshio Matsumoto. This release marks the first home video
release outside Japan.
The film is presented in 4:3 format,
newly-transferred from the director's personal print. The audio is Dolby
Digital 2.0 at 384kbps. The film has optional "new and improved" English
subtitles. This disc is a Region 2 PAL title.
The film is accompanied by a commentary
track by Matsumoto; a twenty-three minute video interview with Matsumoto;
a trailer (3m) and poster gallery (the latter two items aren't mentioned
on the press release). The disc will come with a twenty-eight page
booklet, with a new essay by musician Jim O'Rourke.
RRP for both Masters of Cinema titles is £19.99.
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